Introduction to Environmental science
With an environmental science qualification under your belt, you can help tackle the crucial global and regional environmental issues of our time.
You’ll join the ranks of environmental experts who are dedicated to making a real difference for the planet, by addressing the impacts of climate change, rehabilitating ecosystems, and conserving threatened species.Explore environmental science courses
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An environmental science degree will give you the knowledge you need to understand, protect, restore, and rehabilitate our natural world. It will set you up for a rewarding career within the environmental sciences—whether as a scientist or researcher, policy officer, or in a role within environmental management, such as a parks ranger or landcare officer.
There are a range of different environmental science degrees you can choose from, depending on your exact area of interest and career goals. Some may focus more on hard sciences, such as chemistry or biology, and others more on areas such as policy or planning. Make sure you check the course outline to see what interests you and suits your aspirations.
Another interesting, related niche you might like to consider is Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is a technology used by organisations and local councils to map and manage assets in a given area. In a GIS-specific course, you’ll learn relevant computer skills and software, and how to manage projects that need this kind of geographical tech.
In your environmental science degree, you’ll likely cover fundamental knowledge in areas such as biology, statistics, chemistry, and earth sciences—though keep in mind the exact topics will vary from course to course. You’ll gain both theoretical knowledge and the practical skillset you need to get started within the industry. You might spend some time out in the field collecting samples, before taking them back to the lab to analyse them.
Depending on the course, you can specialise in an area that most interests you, such as climate change, ecology, river basin and catchment protection, or marine science. You might also have the chance to complete a work placement as part of your studies, so you can gain vital industry experience at an environmental organisation or agency.
You’ll need an ATAR of about 70.00 to be accepted into an environmental science degree, but this will depend on the exact course. Keep in mind that if you study through Open Universities Australia, you can access some environmental science courses without an ATAR. Get in touch with us to chat about your options.
There’s never been a better—or more important—time to study environmental science. As the world races to address the impacts of climate change, we need many more skilled environmental workers with the expertise to help us make crucial changes.
Environmental science is a very rewarding discipline and industry to be a part of. Whether you’re researching ecological systems, revegetating a crucial habitat, or helping manage a river or coastal system, you’ll know you’re making a difference for future generations.
Studying an environmental science degree online means that you can work from wherever suits you best. You’ll be able to build your skills at a pace that suits you, and more easily fit your study around your existing work or home life.
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- You can enrol without entry requirements
An environmental science degree opens up a huge range of career possibilities. You can become an environmental scientist or researcher and pursue fieldwork in an area such as ecology, to help us learn more about habitats and crucial environmental issues.
You could also find work in a government agency, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or at an environmental consultancy, where you will help manage or rehabilitate important sites and habitats.
Or, if you study a GIS course, you’ll open up opportunities in that burgeoning area, and may put your expertise into practice for a local council or organisation that tracks and manages assets.
Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.
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